"American Citizens Residing in The Netherlands 2005"
GENERAL INFORMATION GUIDE FOR American Citizens Residing in The Netherlands 2005 Prepared by the Η Η Η AMERICAN CONSULATE GENERAL Η Η Η MUSEUMPLEIN 19 • 1071 DJ AMSTERDAM TEL +31-20-5755309 FAX +31-20-5755310 www.usembassy.nl www.state.gov TABLE OF CONTENTS Emergencies Emergency Assistance 3 Consular Information Hotline 3 Disaster Information 3 The United States Embassy and Consulate General Services Rendered 4 Registration of American Citizens 5 Registration of American Births 5 The Netherlands The Country and the People 6 Political Structure 6 Communications 6 Living Residence Permits 7 Work Permits 8 Legalization of Civil Documents 8 Banking Services 8 Taxes 9 Customs 9 Housing 10 Health and Medicine 10 Common Sense Tips 11 Transportation 11 Miscellaneous 12 Foreign Embassies and Consulates 13 Conversion Tables 13 Resources Schools 14 Religious Services in English 18 Professional and Social Organizations 20 The information contained in this guide has been compiled to assist American citizens intending to reside in the Netherlands. To our knowledge, the information contained herein was accurate at the time of compilation. However, if you discover any discrepancies, or have suggestions regarding information which you believe should be included, please let us know. The guide is not intended to be totally comprehensive, but rather to answer some of the basic questions you may now have, and provide you with an insight into everyday life in Dutch society. We hope that you will find it useful and wish you a pleasant sojourn in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. #2 EMERGENCIES THE EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR POLICE, FIRE, OR AMBULANCE IS 112. THE NATIONAL ALARM SIREN IS TESTED AT 12:00 ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH. POLICE 0900-8844 ( www.politie.nl) From overseas: 31 343 57 8844 CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 020 575 5309 Museumplein 19 1071 DJ Amsterdam EMBASSY OF THE 070 310 9209 THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Lange Voorhout 102 070 310 9499 After Hours 2514 EJ The Hague The American Embassy and Consulate General are closed on Dutch and American holidays (see page 4). CONSULAR INFORMATION HOTLINE The U.S. Department of State has a call center to provide information on worldwide situations, which may affect American Citizens. Operators are available Monday through Friday: 8am to 8pm, EST, and during crisis situations: 24 hours a day. FROM OVERSEAS (TOLL CALL): 001-317-472-2328 IN THE U.S. 1-888-407-4747 Travel information is available from the Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov IF DISASTER STRIKES Brochures on disaster relief are available from your local city hall (Gemeentehuis). Local authorities advise upon hearing the disaster siren, to go inside your home immediately, and close the doors and windows. If you are outside or in a vehicle, you should leave the vehicle and, if unable to return to your home, find shelter in a building as soon as possible. Do not visit the disaster site or use the phone unless it is absolutely necessary. Keeping the phone lines and roads free will assist the emergency services in dealing with the disaster. The emergency radio frequencies for the four major cities are: Amsterdam 93.3 FM Radio North Holland (Cable) 95.2 FM Radio North Holland Rotterdam 93.4 FM Radio Rijnmond The Hague 88.4 FM Radio West Utrecht 100.7 FM Radio West #3 If you reside in an area not covered by the foregoing, you should contact your local city hall for the emergency radio frequency. UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC & CONSULAR REPRESENTATION IN THE NETHERLANDS: Embassy of the United States of America 070 310 9209 Lange Voorhout 102 (after hours) 070 310 9499 2514 EJ The Hague Consulate General of the United States of America 020 575 5309 Museumplein 19 1071 DJ Amsterdam Representatives of other agencies at post include: United States and Foreign Commercial Service Agriculture Affairs Section Office of the Defense Attaché Office for Defense Cooperation Drug Enforcement Administration The Consulate General is responsible for providing all American consular services in the Netherlands. Public hours 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Mondays through Fridays, except on official American and Dutch holidays. The switchboard: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:30 - 5:15 PM. AMERICAN (A) AND DUTCH (D) HOLIDAYS IN 2005 A Monday January 17 Martin Luther King Day A Monday February 21 President's Birthday D Friday March 25 Good Friday D Monday March 28 Easter Monday D Saturday April 30 Queen's Day D Thursday May 5 Liberation/Ascension Day D Monday May 16 Whitmonday A Monday May 30 Memorial Day A Monday July 4 Independence Day A Monday September 5 Labor Day A Monday October 10 Columbus Day A Friday November 11 Veterans Day A Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving Day A/D Monday December 26 2nd Christmas Day #4 SERVICES RENDERED BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL: Issuance, amendments, and extensions of U.S. passports. Issuance of Reports of Births, and Reports of Deaths Provides information concerning the acquisition, retention, loss and transmission of U.S. citizenship. Provides assistance in death and welfare/whereabouts cases involving American citizens. Provides assistance in estate cases when the deceased was not residing in the Netherlands. Provides assistance to American citizens incarcerated in the Netherlands. Provides absentee voter registration and balloting information. Selective Service registration. Shipping and Seamen Services. Notarial & Related Services Provides assistance in setting up depositions. Issuance of Immigrant visas, and providing information on U.S. Permanent Resident status, alien registration cards, re-entry permits and refugee documentation. Issuance of Non-immigrant visas for visiting, working, studying and investing in the United States. SERVICES NOT RENDERED BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL: Renewal or replacement documents issued by State authorities such as drivers licenses, birth marriage and death certificates etc. Issue visas for foreign countries. (See page 13 FOREIGN EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES IN THE NETHERLANDS) Performance of marriage ceremonies. Cashing checks or loaning money. Procurement of residence permits, work permits, drivers license and employment. Processing of mail for private individuals. REGISTRATION OF AMERICAN CITIZENS: American citizens traveling or residing abroad are encouraged to register at www.travel.state.gov. or at the American Consulate General in Amsterdam.. The registration data provides enrollment for notification of official travel warnings and other notices, and is kept confidential. It is also a useful reference if we need to contact you in the event of an emergency. REGISTRATION OF BIRTH: The birth of a child in the Netherlands must be reported to the local authorities (Bevolkingsregister, usually located at the Town Hall) within three work days. The person reporting the birth must bring the marriage certificate and the passports or other identification of the parents. Request an international extract when registering with local authorities since it is required for the American Report of Birth Abroad. The birth of an American child should be reported to the American Consulate at your earliest convenience. Please check our website www.usembassy.nl for the requirements. #5 THE NETHERLANDS THE COUNTRY The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a small country encompassing approximately 16,000 square miles (about the size of South Carolina). About half of its area is below sea level, making dykes a pre-requisite for the use of the land. Land reclamation is a major Dutch pre-occupation and their success in this field may best be measured by the establishment of their twelfth province, Flevoland, on January 1, 1986. The Netherlands is bordered on the east by Germany, on the south by Belgium and on the North and West by the North Sea. The Netherlands has a temperate climate with mild winters seldom falling below 15 degrees and cool summers rarely higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmest period falls between June and September, the other months being either cool or cold. Winter is drab and dreary, and the damp cold is penetrating. There are heavy early morning and late evening fogs in the fall and winter, which can make driving tricky. THE DUTCH PEOPLE AND POPULATION The population of the Netherlands is approximately 16 million. Density is concentrated heavily in the western part of the country, referred to as the "randstad". The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with an average of 459 people per square kilometer, 21 times the population density of the United States. Religion has been a powerful influence in shaping Dutch history, institutions, and attitudes, and is closely interrelated with social and political life. Religious freedom is a guaranteed right embedded in the Dutch constitution. Dutch (Nederlands) is the national language. English, however, is widely spoken and understood, as are several other European languages. Frisian is the second official language but is only spoken in the northern province of Friesland. POLITICAL STRUCTURE The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, with a parliamentary system. Queen Beatrix is the head of State; she acceded to the throne in 1980 after her mother, Juliana, abdicated. Under the constitution, ministers rather than the monarch are responsible for parliament. Parliament consists of two houses, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) consisting of 75 members elected by the Provincial Councils, and the Lower House (Tweede Kamer) with 150 members elected by universal suffrage of all electors over the age of 18. The houses are comparable to the American Congress: the Upper House equivalent to the Senate, and the Lower House equivalent to the House of Representatives. COMMUNICATIONS Telephone The largest share of the telephone services market is held by the KPN, a publicly owned entity. The remainder is held mainly by WorldCom, Vodafone, T-mobile Telfort, Dutchtone. Installation of a telephone can be effected within a few days. Most countries with automatic switching equipment can be dialed directly, and quality is comparable to that found in the U.S. You should receive a local telephone directory when your telephone is connected. In the directory are order forms for helpful publications like "Telephoning Internationally," which contains most international country and city codes needed for direct dialing. Directory assistance can be reached through 0900-8008 (local), and 0900-8418 (international) or www.detelefoongids.nl U.S. calling card companies can be accessed by dialing 0800-022 9111 (AT&T), #6 0800-023-5103 (MCI) and 0800-022 9119 (SPRINT). The use of a mobile phone while operating a vehicle is only permitted if the vehicle is fitted with a hands free kit. Radio and TV Radio and television reception is excellent. Radio and television programs are generally broadcast twenty-four hours a day. In addition, both radio and television programs from neighboring countries, some in English, can be received on regular domestic equipment. The rapid spread of satellite broadcasting has greatly increased the availability of international programming through local cable networks in many communities. The electricity supply in the Netherlands is 220 volts, AC 3 phase, 50 cycles. Step-down transformers are available on the local market. Voltage level is stable and blackouts are extremely rare. In most areas of the Netherlands natural gas is used for heating and cooking, which requires adjustments to appliances imported from the U.S. The television and video system is PAL, and is therefore, not compatible with NTSC, the system prevalent in the United States. Home electronic equipment brought from the United States is awkward and expensive to convert for local use. Mail Services Local mail services are dominated by the TPG (“Postkantoor”) which in addition to providing mailing services similar to those in the U.S. also provide a host of additional services such as vehicle titling, money transfers, banking and financial services. Some of the more prominent international courier companies such as FEDEX, UPS, DHL, etc., also operate locally. Newspapers, magazines and books Bookstores in the major cities and in train stations stock a fairly wide variety of English language books and newspapers. U.S. magazines, including international editions of Time, Newsweek, Businessweek and Fortune are all available locally. Prices, however, are about twice those in the U.S. There are large selections of English language books in public libraries. LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS RESIDENCE PERMITS If you intend to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months, or if you intend to seek employment, you must apply to a Netherlands diplomatic or consular representative in your country of residence, for a residence permit. If you intend to work in the Netherlands, you will need a work permit. This permit is issued by the Center of Work and Income (CWI) in the city of your employment. If you came to the Netherlands as a tourist and wish to change your status to that of a resident, you must apply for a residence permit at the City Hall in your place of residence. These offices are the initial point of contact for all matters relating to residence in The Netherlands. While it is the IND which adjudicates the applications and authorizes the issuance of permits, you cannot apply directly to the IND for a permit. You may, however, contact the IND’s information line 0900 123 4561, which is available on workdays between 9 am and 5 pm. When calling from outside of the Netherlands the number is 31 20 889 3045. It is important to note that Dutch law requires all individuals in The Netherlands be in a position to identify themselves at all times by means of a passport or official ID card. #7 Qualifications for residence permits include, among other things, a medical examination, proof of your ability to support yourself, and medical insurance coverage. Permits may be subject to restrictions pertaining to the purpose of your stay (e.g. work or study). If the purpose of your stay changes, you should notify the appropriate authorities. Dutch regulations require a non-refundable administrative fee be levied regardless of whether or not a permit is granted. A Dutch residence permit does not grant the holder the right to live in another EU country. The Netherlands is a signatory to the Schengen Accord. This treaty provides for the free movement of people and goods among the countries which are party to the treaty. The identification obligation applies across borders. WORK PERMITS Work permits are issued by the Centrum voor Werk en Inkomen (CWI) (Dutch Labor Office) which are located in most large cities. The prospective employer must make an application at least 30 days before commencement of employment. Although the Dutch labor market is open to American citizens, work permits will usually only be issued to persons with special skills. LEGALIZATION OF CIVIL DOCUMENTS On October 15, 1981, the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents entered into force for the United States. This Convention stipulates that legalization of civil documents must be effected in the country of origin by the competent authority of the originating country by means of an apostille. A listing of the competent authorities, in the United States can be found on our website www.usembassy.nl. Neither the Embassy nor the Consulate General has authority to obtain or provide apostilles. BANKING SERVICES Currency On January 1, 2002, the Euro became legal tender in twelve European countries, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Greece, Austria and the Netherlands. The Euro consists of coins and notes in the following denominations: COINS NOTES 1 cent 5 Euros 2 cents 10 Euros 5 cents 20 Euros 10 cents 50 Euros 20 cents 100 Euros 50 cents 200 Euros 1 Euro = 100 cents 500 Euros 2 Euros = 200 cents #8 Checks and Credit Cards Personal checks are virtually unknown in the Netherlands. Banks will accept them, but only on collection basis resulting in your account being credited several weeks later, and then, with hefty processing charges. This also applies to money orders, cashier’s checks, bank drafts, and U.S. savings bonds. Debit cards are widely used in the Netherlands as a payment medium. Credit card use, while prevalent, is not as widespread as it is in the united States. Automatic Teller Machines offer twenty-four hour accessibility to accounts held at major financial institutions. TAXES Tax matters are intricate and a general statement on the subject is bound to disappoint persons seeking tax advice. It is best to consult the local tax bureau (belastingkantoor) or a tax consultant. Netherlands Generally speaking, a person taking up residence in the Netherlands is subject to several kinds of taxes, the most important of which are: income tax, capital tax, personal property tax, real estate tax, dividend tax, estate tax, vehicle road tax. United States Most United States citizens abroad must file their U.S. Federal Income Tax returns even though their income earned outside the United States may be exempt from U.S. tax. Citizens living abroad who have no legal residence or principal place of business in the United States should file their income tax return with the Director, Internal Revenue Service Center, Philadelphia, PA 19255. Those who have a legal residence or principal place of business in the U.S. should file with the Internal Revenue Service Center for the district in which such legal residence or principal place of business is located. April 15th is the regular due date for filing calendar year returns. A taxpayer who is outside the United States on April 15 has an automatic extension of time until June 15th for filing. If you take advantage of the two months extension of the due date, you must attach a statement to your return showing you were residing or traveling outside the United States on the regular due date, and pay interest at the rate of 6% (1/2% per month) on any unpaid tax, from the April 15 due date until the date of payment. An information booklet entitled "Tax Guide for United States Citizens Abroad" is available at U.S. Embassies and Consulates, or may be requested from Internal Revenue Service offices in the United States. State and local tax forms must be obtained from the individual state government. The IRS office servicing the Netherlands is located at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, Internal Revenue Service, Clayallee 170, 14195 Berlin, Germany, phone: 00-49-30-8305-1140, fax: 00-49-30-8305- 1145. Additional IRS assistance can also be obtained from the IRS representative who usually visits the Netherlands February/March of each year. Details of those visits and how to make an appointment is available from our website www.usembassy.nl. There are treaties between the United States and the Netherlands to avoid double taxation: one for Income Tax and one for Inheritance Tax. The IRS office will be able to provide more information on these treaties. The conversion rate for filing purposes can be found on our website www.usembassy.nl. CUSTOMS American citizens who transfer their residence in the U.S. to a domicile in the Netherlands may apply for an exemption of import duties on personal effects (like household goods, including a car), provided they have owned and used said effects for at least six months in the United States, and provided further that #9 they have had their domicile outside the European Union Countries (EU) for at least twelve consecutive months preceding their arrival in the Netherlands. Application for exemption of import duties must be made with the Office of Import Duties (Belastingen, Afdeling Invoerrechten) having jurisdiction over your place of residence in the Netherlands. Detailed information on the subject can be obtained from the Dutch customs authorities (Belastingen: Dienst Invoerrechten en Accijnzen). Returning residents are entitled to re-import their belongings into the United States after their sojourn abroad. Goods acquired overseas are subject to import duties, which will be levied by U.S. Customs. The United States Customs website is http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/ HOUSING Housing is often difficult to find, and rents vary widely. Family housing of a size to which Americans are accustomed will be expensive in or near the larger cities. In many areas, furnished quarters are easier to find than unfurnished quarters. The term "unfurnished" must be taken literally. The tenant often must provide electric fixtures, stove, refrigerator, water heater, wardrobes, etc. Usually, the owner accepts responsibility only for exterior repairs; interior maintenance and repairs are usually at the tenant's expense. It might be necessary to engage a real estate agent (makelaar), although their fees are high. A municipal housing permit is required to occupy certain houses and apartments; the landlord can advise you on this. Be aware that a verbal commitment can be considered a legally binding contract here. HEALTH AND MEDICINE Medical care in the Netherlands is good. Hospitals and medical facilities are well equipped and staffed by competent personnel. The initial point of contact for regular medical services is a general practitioner. Specialist consultation must be accompanied by a referral letter from the GP, since specialists will not accept patients unless they have been referred by a GP. Medical insurance is compulsory in the Netherlands and is a prerequisite to obtaining a residence permit. Emergency medical services, while available from all hospitals, is not free and will be billed to the beneficiary. There is no U.S. medical facility in the Netherlands. While substantial numbers of Dutch medical students and health care professionals undertake part of their training in the United States, the Consulate General does not maintain any listing of these or American medical personnel who have been authorized to practice medicine in the Netherlands. All medication, prescription or non- prescription is subject to Dutch importation regulations. These are strictly enforced and inadmissable products confiscated. It is advisable therefore to obtain prior clearance from Dutch officials before importing any such items. COMMUNITY HEALTH Community sanitation is comparable to standards maintained in American urban areas. Garbage is collected twice weekly by municipal garbage collectors, and the water supply is good. Public restaurants, butchers, dairies, etc. are inspected regularly. Although most temperate-zone diseases appear here, no particular ailment is peculiar to the Netherlands. #10 COMMON SENSE TIPS Busy places such as trains, stations, airport, etc. are attractive spots for pickpockets. Be alert! Do not give them the opportunity! Here are a number of tips in order to make pick pocketing more difficult: - Don’t take more money with you than you think you are likely to need. - Keep important items such as your passport, credit cards, and cash separately. Do the same thing with large sums of money. - Keep your wallet in an inside pocket or a body purse. Never put it on top of your shopping in a shopping bag or basket. - Take care of your shoulder or handbag. Keep it in front of you. Think about whether you really need it or not. - Be careful in crowds, you won’t notice that you are being robbed. If you are spoken to by a stranger be alert: his “partner” often takes his chance at this point. If, despite these measures, you are robbed or are witness to a theft, do not try to be a hero. Warn others, try to remember a description and report it to the police immediately. TRANSPORTATION DRIVING YOUR CAR Dutch law requires that all residents of the Netherlands, regardless of nationality, must obtain a Dutch driver's license to operate a motor vehicle. Information regarding the issuance of a Dutch license on the basis of a valid U.S. license may be obtained from the BNOR, a division of the Dutch Driving License Bureau, phone: 070-413 0300. Applications for revalidation and/or replacement of U.S. driver's licenses must be submitted to the Motor Vehicle Bureau in the state where the original license was issued. Third party liability insurance is required by law. Cars are driven on the right-hand side of the road. The national roads and highways are excellent. Newcomers may find driving in town a little disconcerting because of the many cyclists who often make unexpected turns or must be passed at close range. Some city streets have special bicycle paths. In the absence of traffic signs or lights, right-of-way privilege is granted to any vehicle entering from the right unless that vehicle is entering from a private driveway. Roads posted with orange diamonds do not have to yield the right-of-way. The speed limit in cities is usually 30 miles (50 km) per hour and on highways about 70 miles (120 km) per hour. Obviously there are exceptions, particularly where road construction is going on, in built-up, and high volume areas. Tourists are allowed to drive in the Netherlands on a valid State license, preferably in combination with an International Driver's License, which may be obtained in the United States through AAA. Driving Your Car – the Examination Questions, is an English Language publication (ISBN 90-679906- 20) which might be useful to newcomers. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The Netherlands has an excellent network of public transportation consisting of trams, buses, metros (www.9292ov.nl) and trains (www.ns.nl). #11 MISCELLANEOUS The Netherlands Tourist Office (V.V.V.), located in most cities, issues guides with information about church services, museums, theaters, operas, concerts, ballets, restaurants, cinemas, and exchange offices. Useful books and guides about living in the Netherlands, such as Inside Information, At Home in Holland and Living in Holland are available from local bookstores. ORGANIZATIONS CONDUCTING GENEALOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS: Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie Koninklijke Nederlandsch Genootschap voor Geslacht en (Central Office for Genealogy) Wapenkunde (Royal Netherlands Society for Genealogy and Heraldry) Prins Willem Alexanderhof 22 Prins Willem Alexanderhof 24 Postbus 11755 Postbus 11755 2502 AT The Hague 2502 AT The Hague Phone: 070-315 0500 Phone: 070-381-4651 NETHERLANDS BAR ASSOCIATION: Nederlandse Orde Van Advocaten Houtweg 60 Postbus 30851 2500 GW The Hague Phone: 070-342 9191 Fax: 070-365 1909 ADOPTIONS: Bureau voor Interlandelijke Adoptie, Raadhuisstraat 32, 3603 AW Maarssen Phone: 0346-576348 CONSUMER ASSOCIATION: Consumentenbond Enthovenplein 1 2500 BA The Hague Phone: 070-445 4545 Fax: 070-445 4590 CRIME VICTIMS Stichting Slachtofferhulp ASSISTANCE Maliesingel 38 3581 BK Utrecht Phone: 030-234-00116 Fax: 030-231-7655 firstname.lastname@example.org #12 CRIME VICTIMS Ministerie van Justitie COMPENSATION Commissie Schadefonds Geweldsmisdrijven Postbus 2500 20302, 2500 EH The Hague Phone: 070-381-3990 Fax: 070-381-3313 www.schadefonds.nl FOREIGN EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES IN THE NETHERLANDS The United States Consulate General has no authority to issue visas or entry permits for foreign countries. In the event that you will be traveling outside of the Netherlands, it is advisable that you contact the consulate or embassy of the country you plan to visit concerning entry (visa) requirements. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the web: www.minbuza.nl provides a list of foreign diplomatic posts in the Netherlands. On the homepage, click on “Missions” and then, “Websites of Foreign Missions in the Netherlands”. CONVERSION TABLES Temperature To convert Fahrenheit to Celsius, subtract 32 degrees and multiply by 5, then divide by nine. To convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, multiply by 9, divide by 5 and add 32 degrees. Weight/Mass: Length: 1 milligram (mg) = 0.015 grain 1 millimeter (mm) = 0.03937 in 1 gram (g) = 0.035 oz avdp. 1 centimeter (cm) = 0.3937 in 1 kilogram (kg) = 2.205 lbs. avdp. 1 meter (m) = 39.37 in/1.094 yd 1 kilometer (km) = 0.621mi/3281.5ft 1 grain = 64.799 mg 1 inch (in) = 2.54 cm 1 ounce (oz avdp.) = 28.350 g 1 foot (ft) = 0.3048 m 1 pound (lb. avdp.) = 453.59237 g 1 yard (yd) = 0.9144 m 1 ton = 1.016 metric ton 1 mile (mi.) = 1.609 km #13 Size Conversions: Ladies' Wear - Dresses and Coats U.S.A. 4 6 8 10 12 Netherlands 36 38 40 42 44 Blouses & Sweaters U.S.A. 30 32 34 36 38 Netherlands 38 40 42 44 46 Shoes U.S.A. 5 6 7 8 9 Netherlands 36 37 38 39 40 Children U.S.A. 3 4 5 6 7 Netherlands 98 104 110 116 122 Men's Wear - Suits U.S.A. 34 36 38 40 42 Netherlands 44 46 48 50 52 Shirts (neck size) U.S.A. 14 14.5 15 15.5 16 Netherlands 36 37 38 39 40 Shoes U.S.A. 8 9 10 11 12 Netherlands 40.5 41.5 42.5 43.5 44 Resources The American Consulate General assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms whose names appear on the following list(s). They are believed to have been accurate at the time of compilation. If there is reference to another database, additional considerations may apply. The list is compiled at random and its primary purpose is an initial reference resource. Administrative considerations, such as limitation of space, are the only factors which determines the inclusion or exclusion of firms or organizations. SCHOOLS There are several schools in the Netherlands which offer instruction in English. For detailed information, please contact the schools directly. Day School Telephone Fax Website International School of Amsterdam 020 347 1111 020 347 1222 www.isa.nl Sportlaan 45 #14 1185 TB Amstelveen Grades: Pre-school – Grade 13 The British School of Amsterdam 020 679 7840 www.britams.nl Jan van Eijckstraat 21 1077 LG Amsterdam Ages 2-13 The American School of The Hague 070 512 1060 070 511 2400 www.ash.nl Rijkstraatweg 200 2241 BX Wassenaar Grades: K-12 The American International School 010 422 5351 010 422 4075 www.aisr.nl Verghulstlaan 21 3055 WJ Rotterdam Grades Pre-school – 12 International Department 010 467 3522 010 467 5022 www.wolfert.nl/riss Wolfert van Boreselen School 010 467 0322 email@example.com Bentincklaan 280 3039 KK Rotterdam Grades 7-13, Ages 12-19 The British School in the Netherlands (4) www.britishschool.nl Foundation School: Ages 3-5 070 315 4040 070 315 4054 Tarwekamp 3 2592 XG The Hague Junior School: Ages 5-11 070 338 8111 070 333 8100 Vlaskamp 19 2592 AA The Hague Senior School: Ages 11-19 071 560 2222 071 560 2200 Jan van Hooflaan 3 2252 BG Voorschoten Helen Sharman School: Ages 3-11 059 234 4590 059 237 0998 Lottingstraat 17 9406 LX Assen International School Hilversum 035 672 9931 035 672 9939 www.klg.nl/ish “Alberdingk Thijm” Emmastraat 58 #15 1213 AL Hilversum Ages 11-19 Convenient boarding facilities BOARDING SCHOOLS Telephone Fax Website International School “Vilsteren” 0529 458283 Vilsteren House Vilsterseweg 7734 PD Vilsteren Grades 1-7 The International School “Beverweert” 0343 551341 Castle Beverweert Beverweertseweg 60 3985 RE Werkhoven Grades 9-12, including I.B. The International School “Eerde” 0529 451452 0529 456377 Castle Eerde Kasteellaan 1 7731 PJ Ommen Grades 9-12, including I.B UNIVERSITY Telephone Fax Website Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam 010 408 1111 www.eur.nl/eur-uk/ Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 Postbus 1738 3000 D Rotterdam Hogeschool voor Economische Studies 020 523 6311 www.hesasd.nl/english.html Postbus 295 1000 AG Amsterdam Universiteit Nijenrode 0346 291211 0346 264204 www.nijenrode.nl The Netherlands Business School Straatweg 25 3621 BG Breukelen Rijksuniversiteit Leiden 071 527 2727 www.leiden.edu/index.php3 University of Leiden #16 Stationsweg 46 Postbus 9500 2300 RA Leiden Webster University 071 514 4341 071 512 1241 www.webster.nl Boommarkt 1 firstname.lastname@example.org 2311 EA Leiden Information about higher education in the United States is available from the Netherlands America Commission for Educational Exchange NACEE at Herengracht 430, 1017 BZ Amsterdam, telephone 020 627 5426 from 9 am to 12 noon. Dutch Language Instruction Telephone Fax Website Amsterdam Eerste Nederlandse Talenpracticum 020 622 9376 Kalverstraat 112 1012 PK Amsterdam Elsevier Talen 020 515 2290 Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam 020 626 1626 www.volksuniversiteitamsterdam.nl (dutch) Herenmarkt 93 1013 EC Amsterdam Linguarama 020 428 0528 070 3654381 www.linguarama.com Arlandaweg 10-28 1043 Amsterdam The Hague The British School of the Netherlands www.britishschool.nl International Education Centre 070 3154080 070 3154081 Tarwekamp 3 2592XG Den Haag Direct Dutch 070 365 4677 070 356 1140 Laanvan Nieuw Oost-Indie 275 2593 BS Den Haag Linguarama 070 365 4677 070 356 1140 www.linguarama.com Bleijenburg 1 2511 VC The Hague Volksuniversiteit 070 363 6353 070 364 7040 #17 Laan van Meerdervoort 16 2517 AK The Hague Rotterdam ABC Talenpraktikum Rotterdam 010 422 4011 Villapark 4 3051 BP Rotterdam Talenpraktikum Zuid 010 422 4011 010 410 2527 Sliedrechtstraat 64 3086 JN Rotterdam Soest Talengroep Nederland, Regio Midden Kerkpad Zuidzijde 114 3764 AT Soest 035 603 7447 035 602 9250 Vught Talenprakticum Regina Coeli 073 657 0200 Martinilaan 12 5262 BR Vught RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN ENGLISH Address Telephone Fax Website American Protestant Church 070 324 4490 www.xs4all.nl/~apch/ Esther de Boer van Rijklaan 20 2597 TJ The Hague Anglican Church of St. James 071 561 1528 071 561 2762 (ecumenical) Kon. Marinelaan 52 2251 BA Voorschoten Christ Church 020 624 8877 www.christchurch.nl Episcopal – Church of England Groenburgwal 42 1011 HW Amsterdam Christian Science Society 010 421 5718 Kraaiheide 38 #18 3069 LC Rotterdam Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 079 343 5310 Laarderweg 128 1402 BM Bussum Church of Scotland 020 672 2288 020 676 4895 www.ercadam.clubtip.nl (English Reformed Church) Begijnhof 48 1012 WV Amserdam Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) 010 412 4779 Schiedamse Vest 121 3012 BH Rotterdam Crossroads International Church 020 545 1444 020 545 1445 www.xrds.nl/wdir.htm Amstelveen College Startbaan 12 1187 XR Amstelveen English and American Episcopal 070 355 5359 www.stjohn-stphilip.org Church of St. John and St. Philip Ary van der Spuyweg 1 2585 JA The Hague First Church of Christian Scientists 020 662 7438 R. 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